When most people think of luxury automobiles, there are probably a few big names that come to mind. Lexus is probably one of the first names that is thought of. Lexus has created quite a following over the years with their unique designs in automobiles that exhibit top-of-the-line performance, which is what makes them a name that is hard to match in the automobile industry. Lexus has gained a lot of respect with their customers and people in the communities worldwide. They continually work on innovating the latest technologies and auto design systems to create newer, better models that will keep the auto industry and their customers moving forward. One thing that keeps Lexus owners coming back is their exceptional customer service. They know how to keep their customers happy and it is just part of being a member of the Lexus family. Recently, Lexus has unveiled its newest concept car that originally debuted in 2012 but is now a reality. It is the LC 500 and it has auto enthusiasts talking.
2018 Lexus LC 500
The LC 500 was only a concept car that made its debut in 2012 at the North American International Auto Show. The car was a big hit, however, there was quite a bit of skepticism as to whether or not Lexus would actually go out on the limb and produce it. Well, here it is, 2016 and the LC 500’s production version is here and it’s drumming up quite a stir among the auto world. Auto reviewers have noticed that a high number of the concept details actually made it into the final product. The final version of the concept car has been deemed a stunning piece of metal and Lexus is proud to show it off. The LC 500 has topped the charts in way of luxury autos. Lexus spared no expense in covering this model with the most innovative and high end details, from bumper to bumper and everything in between.
It has been noticed that Lexus has become more aggressive with its outer designs lately. This has made going from a concept idea to a production model, much easier transition than trying to make too many changes in between. When Lexus designed the LC 500, it was given a long hood and massive spindle grille, both which made it on the final product. The layout of the LC 500 also sports L-shaped daytime running lamps and triple-LED headlights along with functional air intakes and a breathtaking backside. Although small tweaks had to be made, all of these details were seen on the concept car and all made it to the final product. Other outside details include a long nose, short deck and it sits low to the ground.
The Lexus LC 500 was designed with a V-8 powered engine to give you the ultimate experience in sports-car performance. The 471 hp engine delivers an impressive amount of torque with incredible acceleration that is in synch with the swift-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission that was installed. This kind of power gives the LC the ability to hit 60 mph in under 4.5 seconds. The LC offers the driver high performance with on-road driving but when compared to on-track driving, drivers might notice the understeer that has been detected when the car is assertively thrown into cutting corners, though the average driver more than likely will not be spending time at the track, this will probably not be a big issue.
Inside the cockpit of the LC, Lexus only used premium materials to create a driving and riding experience like no other. Details like this is what sets Lexus apart from the others. Just the right amount of sportiness is mixed with high-end to make this the ultimate coupe. The LC 500 features magnesium alloy paddle shifters that sit behind the steering wheel, and a premium audio system by Mark Levinson was installed. There is an option to forgo the standard premium system for a Pioneer system if you are a true audio connoisseur. The inside also boasts of leather and tan, Alcantara upholstery that is so smooth and rich, it envelopes you the minute you slide into the seat. The driver’s seat is the ultimate captain’s seat and has been designed to be the most comfortable seat in the cab.
Delivery and price
Although an actual delivery date has yet to be heard, it’s been said that you can expect to see the 2018 LC 500 hit the market for sale in the fall of 2017 and as far as pricing, although a definite price hasn’t been heard, auto review experts are saying you can expect to spend around $80,000 at the low end with up to $120,000 for a fully loaded model.
Lexus is passionate about their automotive company and what they stand for. They are a forward moving company in the auto industry with innovation and luxury in mind for every design and model. Their customers aren’t the only thing Lexus cares about. They are a company that also has the environment’s best interest at heart and show it by donating to multiple causes in an effort to preserve the environment. Lexus continues to contribute to the auto industry in ways that have built their name up to where it is today, a name that represents more than a luxury automobile. It represents dedication and loyalty to its customer base that continues to grow across the globe.
Lexus is a luxury auto division of the Japanese automakers, Toyota. Lexus markets their automobiles to over 70 countries globally with the US being one of their largest. Lexus’ headquarters is in Nagoya, Japan and their operational centers are located in Brussels, Belgium and Torrance, California. The premium automaker got its beginning in 1983 with the development of a new project, a premium sedan that was code-named F1. It was the project that paved the way for the Lexus LS in ’89 and subsequently the coupe, convertible and the SUV models. Interestingly, Lexus was not considered a brand in its own home; these models were marketed under the Toyota marque with an equivalent model name.
Since the new millennium, Lexus has increased its sales outside of the US, its largest market. In 2005, the Lexus division initiated dealerships into Japan’s market which meant Japan would become the first to launch their premium cars in their own market. Over the years, Lexus has developed their luxury auto lineup to reflect their market. They configured models and powertrains to suit the regional differences where their cars were being sold. Over the years, Lexus has built a wide range of Sedans, SUVs, convertibles, and now, hybrids. In 2014, Lexus was fourth in the lineup of global sales, only falling behind BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz.